18 December

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2022 Terry Hall of The Specials dies at 63.

2020 Paul McCartney releases McCartney III. He's a one-man band on the album, playing all the instruments and writing all the songs, which he also did on the prequels, McCartney in 1970 and McCartney II in 1980.

2016 Fifth Harmony announce that Camila Cabello has left the group. They soldier on as a quartet but keep the name; Cabello does pretty well on her own, landing a #1 with "Havana" in 2018.

2014 Larry Henley (lead singer of the '60s pop group The Newbeats) dies at age 77 after suffering with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Co-wrote the 1989 hit "The Wind Beneath My Wings."

2012 Songwriter Earl Shuman files a copyright infringement lawsuit against singer Alicia Keys, claiming her Top 20 single "Girl On Fire" sounds too much like Shuman's 1970 song "Lonely Boy," which ended up being recorded by Eddie Holman as "Hey There Lonely Girl." The suit is kind of vague on the details, but apparently it comes down to a few notes; Keys and Shuman later settle.

2011 One Direction play their first show, performing at Watford Colosseum in London. It does not go well. "We were just a joke," Niall Horan says.

2011 Ralph MacDonald, a percussionist and songwriter who composed the hit duets "Where Is the Love" (Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway) and "Just The Two Of Us" (Bill Withers/Grover Washington Jr.), dies of lung cancer at age 67.

2004 T.I. is arrested on gun possession charges for the third time in three years. Authorities search his home and find a silencer-enhanced weapon, several rounds of ammunition, and photos of the rapper handling guns. He is placed under house arrest after posting a $3 million bond.

2001 Billie Eilish is born in Los Angeles. Working with her brother, Finneas, she composes her Grammy-winning debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which is released in 2019 when she's 17.

2000 British singer Kirsty MacColl, daughter of Ewan MacColl, is killed by a boat propeller while scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico at age 41.

1981 On his 38th birthday, Keith Richards is playing with The Rolling Stones at a show in Hampton, Virginia, when a fan rushes the stage. Keith sees him coming and hits him with his guitar. As security intervenes, Richards straps his guitar back on and continues playing.More

1972 Shooting begins for Bob Dylan's part in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

1972 The Ringo Starr-directed T. Rex documentary, Born to Boogie, premieres at Oscar's Cinema in Brewer Street, Soho (UK). In attendance are Starr, the members of T. Rex, and Elton John.

1972 DJ Lethal (of Limp Bizkit, House of Pain) is born Leor Dimant in Riga, Latvia, and eventually settles in New York.

1970 Rapper DMX is born Earl Simmons in Mount Vernon, New York. He takes his stage name from the Oberheim DMX drum machine, an instrument he used as a teen.

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"Lazy Sunday" Hits YouTube


After airing on Saturday Night Live, the Digital Short "Lazy Sunday," about two gangsta wannabes who plan a trip to see The Chronicles of Narnia movie, appears on YouTube. It quickly goes viral, becoming the first TV segment to do so on YouTube, which launched 10 months earlier.

"Lazy Sunday" is the work of Andy Samberg, his Saturday Night Live co-star Chris Parnell, and the show's writers Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer, all in their first season, are longtime friends who got the attention of SNL with wacky videos they posted to their "The Lonely Island" website. They were brought in to get the show up to speed with the new trend of DIY comedy videos, which they call "Digital Shorts." "Lazy Sunday" was made on the cheap, written that Monday then quickly recorded, shot and edited just in time to air on the Saturday, December 17 episode. It airs late in the show, a time reserved for the most questionable SNL skits, so few see it when it airs, but those who do tell their friends about it and circulate links to the video on YouTube, which gets a spike in traffic, with many venturing to the site for the first time just to watch it. The viral video is a crossing of the Rubicon from traditional TV to instant, on-demand streaming, which YouTube has made possible without the kind of lags and buffering that plague other services. Over the next few months, their user base grows considerably, which also raises copyright issues. In February 2006, NBC has the video removed so folks have to go on nbc.com to see it. Still, YouTube pulls far ahead of all other competitors, including Google, whose Google Video knockoff is far inferior. In October, Google buys YouTube for $1.65 billion. NBC posts the video on their own channel in 2013. Lonely Island Digital Shorts become a mainstay on Saturday Night Live, even though they aren't, you know... live. "Young Chuck Norris," "Laser Cats!" and "Peyote" all follow, and soon celebrities get in on the action. "Natalie's Rap" features Natalie Portman; "Dick In A Box" stars Justin Timberlake. In 2009, The Lonely Island release their own album, Incredibad, featuring "Lazy Sunday." They leave the show in 2012, but keep making videos. In 2016, they produce and star in the movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.



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